Overview

Applicants
193
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.20
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
480 - 565
GPA
2.89 - 3.59

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
July 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
54

100
Full-time
20
Female
7
Minority


Students Say

Word of mouth plays a big part in many students' decision to attend the Graduate College at Western Michigan University with "great recommendations from family and friends." One student was even referred to the school by a CEO. Most students seem quite happy with their choice. They also like that the school "is nationally accredited," and ranked as a "top 100 school."

The graduate program at Western "is primarily a 'night school.' Most students work full-time jobs and take two classes a semester." "Classes are all from six to nine at night spread across three campuses. The MBA program is targeted at working people who want to pursue an MBA." Students find the program adaptable. One student agrees, saying, "I also like the ability to earn a specialization within my MBA program—I have some flexibility to change my curriculum if my interests change." The school also offers several online, weekend, and condensed-hybrid format courses.

While some classes are clearly more challenging than others, the workload is manageable for most students. "Academics are easy when you show up to class, pay attention, and do the work." The program also provides students with an "excellent emphasis on international business." This "global outlook" is "important in today's workforce."

Although not all the professors receive the same high praise, several do get excellent reviews. Considered "stellar" to "amazing people," these "teachers bring a great attitude and very effective teaching style[s]" to class. One student says, "Every semester I have entered into a new classroom and thought, 'Wow, this is my most favorite professor ever.' Now I'm struggling with which one is my favorite because there are so many and each one has helped me with situations that I will eventually face in my future." While one student claims to be "challenged to constantly find a way to incorporate what I am learning into my career," another student suggests, "WMU employs too many career educators, and I would like more real world applications of the materials we are learning." Class sizes are mostly adequate for sufficient student/teacher communication, usually "limited to thirty students so you get to interact quite a bit with the professors."


Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL




Information Systems

International Business


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Concepts and knowledge regarding sustainability are integrated throughout entire MBA curriculum.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
http://www.wmich.edu/sustainablebusiness

School's environmental commitment 1:
Center for Sustainable Business Practices: This center seeks to create and disseminate information, concepts, knowledge and wisdom about global sustainable business practices to the entire college community, recognizing that students will enter a workforce that requires awareness of these business practices. Contact the center director, Dr. Tim Palmer, for more information at: Dr. Tim Palmer, Director of WMU Center for Sustainable Business Practices. Haworth College of Business. (269) 387-5242. timothy.palmer@wmich.edu

School's environmental commitment 2:
India Gateway - Study Abroad Program. December, 2014 and 2016 Subject: Sustainability and Business. Examine corporate social responsibility in developing world.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Dr. Palmer has used the Center to promote and leverage sustainable business practices at WMU and in the Kalamazoo community. Palmer recently coordinated a case study competition for undergraduate business students, which was sponsored by Target. This competition allowed students to make real pitches to businesses regarding their ideas to combine sustainability and business in creative and innovative ways. At the end of the day, one lucky team of students walked away with $1500.

Career overview


Graduates Employed by Region


Students Say

The Career Services Center at WMU offers preparation services for graduate students at the Graduate College by way of resume, interviewing, and cover letter writing assis- tance. Students report satisfaction in their fellow peers' abilities of building "networking opportunities with fellow students." Simply going to class offers students "a great chance to meet people in my area." A student says, "It is amazing to me how much of an opportunity there is to network with international students from all around the globe here at Western Michigan University." Professors also do a good job in the classroom by teaching students "to grasp the knowledge of the subject and to incorporate that with their career fields." From one student's observations, professors "are willing to work with each student individually to help them make the right choices regarding career changes…. They also help with job placement and career fields."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$12,144

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$5,569

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
32%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
10%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
30%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
5%

New Students Receiving Loans
25%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$13,312
Tuition (Out-State)
$28,195
Fees (In-State)
$923
Fees (Out-State)
$923

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$555
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,175

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$9,561
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$9,561
Academic Expenses
$4,559

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
307
Part Time
41%

In State
98.4%
Out of State
1.6%
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

6.00%
Minorities
22.50%
International

35% female
65% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Student life outside the classroom is "what you make it." "The school has many differ- ent social functions and sporting events to give student's the full college experience." Unfortunately, "family life for a lot of us limits the student involvement in clubs and activities." For the most part, though, students seem to get more out of [their] degree then just what they learn in class." At WMU, students come from many different cul- tures and backgrounds. "Western Michigan University is an international melting pot in the heart of west Michigan." One student attests, "Classmates are from as far away as China, India, and the Ukraine…. This opportunity to meet and collaborate with such a diverse student body is setting the stage for my ability to expand my professional net- work in the global economy."

Students in the graduate program as a whole are described as, "very team and school focused. "MBA students are largely uninvolved with campus as they are working full- time, commuting, and already established within their communities/workplaces." For example, one student recently "started an MBA social club to help build a greater sense of community." Overall, "people have a lot of school spirit and are very social. It is a fun school to go to."

Students make many positive remarks regarding WMU's Business School campus. "The campus is laid out well." The "landscaping is meticulous. The buildings are modern." However, another student says that as a commuter, "the parking is expensive and not that great." "WMU is in between a Big 10 school and a little private school; it has a great campus that is only becoming greater with reconstruction of more 'Green' space. The university is listening to the student population with regards to better housing, better food quality, and becoming green."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Barbara Caras-Tomczak
MBA Admissions Director

Address
2320 Schneider Hall
MS #5480
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5480
United States

Phone
269-387-5133

Fax
269-387-5045

Email
mba-advising@wmich.edu


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